So Silicone Skincare Products Could Be "Suffocating" Your Complexion

In the world of skincare, there are thousands of different ingredients and formulations. It truly is a "world" because once you start researching which ingredients to seek and which ones to avoid, you start to feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, but instead of falling into a wonderland, you fall into a confusing—sometimes contradictory—jumble of reviews, expert testimonies, and science. (Here's when Alice would exclaim those famous words: "curious and curiouser!") That's why it helps to take it step by step, analyzing one ingredient at a time. First, we discussed glycerin, which was followed by glycolic acid and beta-glucan, and now we're moving onto an ingredient that's pervasive in skincare: silicone.

It's an ingredient that carries many implications. For many people, when they see the word at the top of an ingredient list, they call to mind something unnatural, chemical, and maybe even harmful. At least, that seems to be the consensus after taking a quick poll among friends and fellow beauty buffs (very scientific, I know). If it's that bad, though, why is it found in so many skincare products and brands?